Sonja K. Eliason
Reflections of an evolutionary biologist

Biology

Our Savior and Our Executioner: Evolutionary Standoffs Between Infectious Disease and Genetic Disorders

Genetic susceptibility to infection refers to how an individual’s genes influence their likelihood of contracting infection or the likelihood of a severe reaction. Included are three examples of inherited genetic diseases that one would not have expected to persist in human populations (without modern medical care) for as long as they have, that have also been associated with conferring a benefit by reducing susceptibility to an infectious disease.

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Sonja K. Eliason

November 16, 2020

Biology

Microbiome Series 3/3: Microbiome & Consumer Goods

As our understanding of the microbiome increases, our ability to apply that understanding to consumer products is similarly accelerating, potentially even faster than that of the microbiome therapeutics space. In this article, we walk through some of the consumer-focused areas that are utilizing microbiome science in their products.

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Sonja K. Eliason

October 12, 2020

Biology

Microbiome Series 2/3: Microbiome Therapeutics

Fast on the heels of understanding what makes a healthy microbiome were the many investigations of what causes an unhealthy microbiome -- and what could be done to fix it. In this post, we’ll talk about how the microbiome is being harnessed in therapeutics and healthcare.

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Sonja K. Eliason

September 14, 2020

Biology

Microbiome Series 1/3: Introduction to the Microbiome

We know it’s all the rage; we know it’s important. But what exactly is the microbiome, and why is everyone so excited about it? This is the first in a series of three posts where I dive into what the microbiome is, why it matters, and applications of microbiome research in both therapeutics and consumer goods.

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Sonja K. Eliason

August 21, 2020

Beliefs, Ideas, Opinions

Yes, I Would Take a COVID-19 Vaccine

With the rapid pace of vaccine development in the face of COVID-19, it's understandable that some people may feel reticent to volunteer for a vaccination. But the major vaccines in development are less worrisome than you think, and getting vaccinated may be the most helpful thing you can do for your community.

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Sonja K. Eliason

July 24, 2020

Beliefs, Ideas, Opinions

Is Evolution a Good Answer?

Evolutionary justifications occur any time someone tries to explain the behavior of an individual with a perceived inherent characteristic of Homo sapiens or of their subgroup of Homo sapiens, e.g. all males. These characteristics were once matched to an evolutionary environment. Are these justifications help or harmful?

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Sonja K. Eliason

May 4, 2020

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